Moto3: Martin and Di Giannantonio to remain with Gresini

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Moto3 championship contenders Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio will remain with the Del Conca Gresini Honda team for 2018, after both riders signed to extend their deal yesterday in Barcelona.

Both looking strong on a regular basis this season even if they, like the rest of the lightweight class, have been unable to slow the charge of Joan Mir for the championship, Martin says he’s delighted to have another season building with the family team.

“I’m so happy to stay with the Gresini family next year. It has felt like home since my first test with them. We have a really competitive package and I’m confident we will be able to fight for the title. It was already our goal for this year, but things did not go as planned with my injury interrupting the season. I would like to thank Fausto for giving me this opportunity and Del Conca which will continue as the team’s main sponsor for next year.”

And Di Giannantonio, who finished runner-up to Mir in Sunday’s Motorland Aragon race, echoed his teammate’s sentiments about what another season with the squad can do for him.

“I’m really happy to continue this journey together which started one and half years ago, and to be doing so with this amazing team is priceless! The goal is to improve year after year and race after race. 2018 will be my third year in the series and the goal will be to finish the season in the top 3. I would like to thank each and everyone from Fausto to our fans and especially our sponsors for the continuing support.”

And in return for their faith in the squad, team boss Fausto Gresini says he in turn is more than happy to put his faith into his riders for another year.

“I’m happy to confirm that the whole squad will continue. It is great to be able to count on two such great riders as Jorge and Fabio. Both have grown immensely since joining the team and we have had a real chance to be in contention at the front in all races. This is a team that always wants to improve, and this is why I would like to thank everyone, from the riders, the crew chiefs, all the staff working for us and everyone who believes in our mission. Obviously a special thanks goes to the Mularoni family who have showed so much passion and involvement with our team.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer